Libraries News Round-up: 10 August

Express & Star: 10 August
Buying Saddlers Centre could have ‘saved Walsall libraries’
Libraries could have been saved if a £12.5 million shopping centre had been bought under the previous conservative administration, the authority’s Labour Leader has claimed.
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/walsall/2017/08/10/walsall-libraries-could-have-been-saved-if-saddlers-centre-was-bought-earlier-council-boss-claims-/

Prestwick & Whitefield Guide: 10 August
Bury | Reader’s letter: Whitefield Library provides far more than just books
Claims that library consultation was a sham
Weston & Somerset Mercury: 10 August
North Somerset | Worle library set to re-open after merger with children’s centre
Libraries and children’s centres across the district have merged as North Somerset Council seeks to save cash
North Somerset Times: 10 August
Protest is sparked as Somerset Council hints at library changes
The authority is looking at transferring the running of the services to community groups as it aims to save £12million in next year’s budget. It follows an attempt by the council to withdraw funding from 11 libraries in 2011 – a proposal which was scrapped after a judicial review.
Newshopper: 10 August
Bexley | Shortlist announced for new library designers in Thamesmead
Bedfordshire News: 10 August
Opening hours cut at Kempston and Putnoe libraries
Hours cut after public and councillors object to Open+ in these libraries.  Open+ will be installed in Wootton, Bromham and Bedford Central libraries
 
 
Bolton News: 10 August
Wigan | Atherton, Tyldesley, Golborne and Hindley libraries to open an extra day a week
 
East Anglian Daily Times: 10 August
Suffolk | Framlingham Library is in a ‘whirl’ over its recent successes
 
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